Security "Incident" Puts Millions Of American's Information At Risk

Written By BlabberBuzz | Tuesday, 04 October 2022 16:30
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A security breach at one well-known credit card company now risks millions of Americans and Canadians.

Identifying information, such as addresses and social security numbers, was accessed during the security breach.

According to Norton, “Credit card company Capital One Financial Corporation has announced they have experienced a data security incident. The incident involves applications for credit card products. Current credit card customers are also affected. The incident may affect approximately 100 million people in the United States and approximately 6 million in Canada.”

Much of the information accessed includes routinely obtained on a credit card application. Norton informs us, “The information accessed in this security incident included information routinely collected in credit applications: names, addresses, zip codes/postal codes, phone numbers, email addresses, dates of birth, and self-reported income.”

Those that applied for credit cards from Capital One aren’t the only ones at risk. Current customer information is included in the data breach, too. Per Norton, “In addition to the credit card application data, portions of customer status data were compromised, including credit scores, credit limits, balances, payment history, and contact information.”

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However, the person accessing the data did not obtain every person’s data. Instead, they had access to fragments of data. Norton quoted Capital One saying, “This information was obtained based on fragments of transaction data from 23 days during 2016, 2017, and 2018.”

Some bank accounts are included in the breach of security, too. This is because the bank accounts are linked to Capital One cards. Most people do this to pay their credit card bills.

Capital One states they are reaching out to customers involved on an individual basis. The credit card company states that it will make identity protection services available for everyone affected. In the meantime, it’s essential to remain vigilant. Keep an eye on your credit score, and report anything suspicious to the appropriate financial institution.

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